In case you didn't notice - it's rained just a bit in the last day or so. With the thunder rolling and the rain pounding down, there's no doubt that the fall weather is upon us. Since there are warnings of urban flooding, overflowing streams, and  inches of rain in the forecast, we thought now would be a good time to remind you of a few rainy-season tips that may have slipped your mind during the summer.

  • Keep your drains clear. If your outdoor drain is blocked by debris, water can't flow out of your yard, driveway or street - and that means water could make it into your home.
  • Check your gutters to make sure that they are clear. In these monsoons, overflowing gutters can saturate the soil next to your home and allow water to penetrate into your basement or crawlspace.
  • Test your sump pump! If you can access it easily, fill it with water and make sure it runs as it should. A major weather system is not the time to find out if it's broke, and chances of a repairman being free during are a storm are likely low.
  • If your sump pump is outside, make sure that there isn't any debris blocking the mechanisms. If leaves and dirt get in there, the motor can run continuously, annoying you and possibly ruining the sump pump.
  • And finally, remember that  FLOOD IS NOT COVERED by your homeowners policy. If you are at all interested in flood insurance, now is the time to call us. There is a 30 day waiting period for coverage, so if the water is rising in your basement, you are probably too late. But call us now to prepare for the wet season ahead.

Hopefully these tips will help to keep your house safe and dry as we're heading into the storm season. Preparing now will save headaches and possible damage in the future. If you have any questions about what types of water damage are covered under your policy, give us a call. In the meantime, have a great weekend and remember your galoshes!